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Hear gamelan concert on Sunday


Enjoy Veritable Showers of Beautys concert

Lewis & Clark College’s Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan ensemble will present contemporary works for gamelan and Western instruments at the college on March 17.

The 15-member ensemble, one of the Pacific Northwest’s first and most enduring world music groups, will be joined by special guests Jessika Kenney and other musicians from Seattle’s Gamelan Pacifica.

The program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on campus. General admission tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets on a sliding scale from $10 to $15. Purchase them online at gamelanmodernmetal.bpt.me or at the door.

Titled “Modern Metal: Contemporary Music for Gamelon,” the performance features works for the Indonesian percussion ensemble and Western solo instruments such as trumpet and cello by Portland-born American composer Lou Harrison, considered one of the 20th Century’s greatest composers and a major force in creating music and instruments for American gamelan ensembles.

Gamelan music is one of the world’s most ancient and sophisticated musical traditions. It creates a multi-layered tapestry of interlocking melodies and rhythms.

Gamelan originated in Java and has spread throughout the world.

The Lewis & Clark gamelan ensemble is directed by Mindy Johnston, who was awarded a Dharmasiswa scholarship in 1998 and 2004 to study traditional Javanese music at Institut Seni Indonesia, the arts university in Solo, Java. She studied and performed gamelan music with renowned Javanese gamelan musicians from 2004 to 2007.